Bradley's Spanish Bar

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Don't be fooled by the name: this red and yellow boozer just off Oxford Street's ropier end is not a hotspot for sherries and fine tapas (see nearby Barrica for that). In fact, it’s not even a bar. Bradley’s is definitely a pub, and with its jumble sale decor and tattered furniture, it sure puts the 'shabby' in 'shabby chic'.

But don't be put off: Londoners love Bradley’s for its low-key and unpretentious vibe. At the tiny two-floor venue, the atmosphere is warm and friendly (except for when there's a Spain v England football match on), the drinks are a fair price for area and, the real showpiece, there's a vinyl jukebox pumping out Motown classics and disco bangers in the ground-floor bar. So fond of this place are the locals that in summer months the thirsty post-work crowd forgo chairs and tables (and walls) and take to the street outside, much to the annoyance of taxi drivers who use Hanway Street as a sneaky shortcut.

Venue name: Bradley's Spanish Bar
Contact:
Address: 42-44 Hanway Street
London
W1T 1UT
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; 3-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube

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Finton Stack

Absolutely cracking little bar just off Oxford Street, with ancient decor and a vinyl jukebox. Predominantly Spanish clientele as the name suggests, but it reminds me more than anything of some of the little pubs you find in Dublin or Belfast. Not the best beer selection (Budvar's the best on offer), though you wouldn't expect it in a place like this.

LPO

Brilliant quirky place... great antidote to the chain pubs and bars that are everywhere now!